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Larijani: Iranians Still Suffering Impacts of Iraq's Chemical Attacks

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TEHRAN, June 28 (ICANA) – Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani condemned the use of chemical weapons against innocent people throughout the world, and lamented that the Iranians who came under Iraq's chemical attacks during the imposed war on Iran (1980-1988) are still suffering from the impacts of these invasions.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 8:52:37 PM
Larijani: Iranians Still Suffering Impacts of Iraq's Chemical Attacks

"At that time, the despicable Ba'ath Army of (former Iraqi dictator) Saddam, ignoring all human standards and principles, did a cowardly action and took the scene of the war to the cities and among the defenseless people and committed an unprecedented crime by utilizing chemical and poisonous weapons, which will remain in the history as a bitter document of human catastrophes," Larijani said in his message to a ceremony held to mark the martyrdom anniversary of the Iranian citizens massacred by the former Iraqi Ba'ath regime's chemical attacks on Sardasht city.

He lamented that the pains and agonies of the innocent people of Sardasht have not been healed during the years after the invasion and they are still suffering the impacts and wounds of the chemical attacks.

Sardasht is a city in Northwestern Iran. According to the 2006 census, its population was 37,000. It lies in the West Azarbaijan province. It was the first city in which civilians where attacked with chemical weapons by former Iraqi dictator, Saddam Hussein during the imposed Iraqi war on Iran.

Although it happened even before Halabja, it didn't get much publicity at the time because Iran was being ignored by the international community.

On June 28, 1987, Iraqi aircraft dropped what Iranian authorities believed to be mustard gas bombs on Sardasht, in two separate bombing runs on four residential areas.

Sardasht was the first town in the world to be gassed. Out of a population of 20,000, 25% are still suffering severe illnesses from the attacks.

New documents recently disclosed by the US National Security Archive revealed that Washington had supported the use of chemical weapons against Iran by the former Iraqi regime.

The documents show that Washington attempted to block a resolution proposed by Iran to condemn the use of chemical weapons by Iraq.

In 1984, Iran submitted a draft resolution asking the UN to condemn Iraq's use of chemical weapons during the imposed war by Baghdad on Tehran.

According to the released document, the US ordered its delegate to the UN to "work to develop general Western position in support of a motion to take no decision" on Iran's draft.

If the attempts failed, the delegate was ordered to abstain from voting on the issue.

On March 29, 1984, the then Head of Iraq's Interests Section, Nizar Hamdoon, informed the then US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, James Placke, that "Iraq strongly preferred a Security Council presidential statement to a resolution… but to not identify any specific country as responsible for chemical weapons use," the document read.

A day later, the UN Security Council issued a presidential statement condemning the use of chemical weapons, without naming Iraq as the offending party.

This is while a number of chemical-warfare instances reported by Iran have been verified by an international team of specialists dispatched to the Islamic Republic by the UN.

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